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Woodgate admits drop fears
24 Oct 2008 - 08:06:12
Jonathan Woodgate has admitted that the current Tottenham team is certainly not too good to be relegated this season.
Juande Ramos' side are bottom of the Premier League table after taking only two points from their first eight matches and suffered a 2-0 loss to Udinese on Thursday to put a dampener on their hopes of progressing in the UEFA Cup.
It is not a position the former Leeds United, Newcastle and Real Madrid defender is enjoying but he knows it will be difficult to start rising up the table.
"People say we're too good to go down but we aren't. I've seen it happen at Leeds and they had a better team than we do here," said Woodgate.
"We've got to roll our sleeves up and start grafting because, I'm telling you now, it's going to be hard. We're bottom of the Premier League with two points and it doesn't really get much worse than that.
"What went wrong (against Udinese) was the same as has been happening in every single game we've played in this season - a lack of concentration. We've got to start learning quickly.
"A goal goes in and you think 'here we go again'. When you've a losing mentality like we've got at the moment you've got to get really stuck in and start winning games or you just get used to losing and losing and losing.
"Without a doubt I'll take responsibility - I've got to stand up like everyone else. It's the players who shoulder the blame because we aren't pulling our weight on the pitch.
"The way we've been playing, we deserve to be down at the bottom of the table - we deserve to be where we are, end of story."